365//365: Day 350 – Street Fighter EX 3 (PS2) [PP]

12.16.2010

Though Ryu manages to duck the blow to the back of his head, anyone that buys this game will suffer a much more unfavorable fate.

"The only Street Fighter 3 that's not worth a damn."

The entire Street Fighter 3 series was magical. Street Fighter Alpha 3 was one of the genres most well rounded experiences. Street Fighter EX 3 feels like it was slapped together to make a quick buck. Unlike the vastly underrated Street Fighter EX+ on the Sony PlayStation, EX3 fails at nearly every conceivable angle. First generation visuals manage to look slightly worse than those found in Street Fighter EX 2 from a system with an inferior graphical engine. Even with up to six players on screen at one time, the frame rate remains solid, yet the overall quality teeters towards poor. In fact, having the main mode incorporate CPU partners or tagging doesn’t do the gameplay any favors, as it adds an unwelcome dynamic, one that ultimately turns off the players more than excites. The roster has a generous helping of players, though even some of the more nonsensical additions, such as Skullamania, leave you starving for something with more substance. The audio suffers from obscurity, as nothing stands out in either significant or deterrence. Even the controls feel too tight and sluggish at times, although the EX series has never been known for silky smooth character manipulations. While Street Fighter EX + still doesn’t get the love that it deserves, Street Fighter EX 3 is a game that couldn’t buy love from anyone. Pass this one over for the older titles in the series, as they’ll provide much more stability and replay value.

Though Ryu manages to duck the blow to the back of his head, anyone that buys this game will suffer a much more unfavorable fate.

Rating: 3.6


Jason V.

I am the Co-Editor-in-Chief here at Chocolate Lemon. Over the last 15 years, I have been writing gaming articles here and there, including my time with GameSages, a then IGN affiliated video game code database that's now owned by IGN, as well as my near four year stay on this very site. I'm quite the gaming enthusiast, have a somewhat "old school" soul, and enjoy a wide variety of geeky shows, movies and so on. Follow me on Twitter @Jas0nVelez